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Woman Has Car Phone Conversation with Man Stealing Car

January 19, 1989

DETROIT (AP) _ A car thief calling himself Sid cheerfully chatted with a woman on the car’s phone while making off with her brother-in-law’s Bonneville.

″That’s not your car,″ Leslee Flynn said she told the man, who said he was taking the car for a joy ride Tuesday night.

Michael Godvin had parked the car downtown Tuesday night to attend a Detroit Red Wings hockey game, Flynn said.

″I saw on TV the Wings had lost,″ said Godvin’s wife, Brigid, ″and my son wanted to talk to him. I called him on the (car phone) and some guy said ‘Hi, Sid here.’ I hung up the phone and thought I had the wrong number.″

Next, Flynn tried.

″He picked up the phone, and I knew it wasn’t Michael,″ she said.

Flynn said the thief promised her he would return the car to where he found it.

But police recovered the car Wednesday on the other side of town. The auto’s radar detector, stereo, phone, tires and baby seat were missing, Brigid Godvin said.

″I thought it took a lot of nerve,″ she said.

Her sister-in-law added, ″And he lied about returning the car.″

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